If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should: 

    You should evacuate under the following conditions:

    • If you are directed by local authorities to do so.  Be sure to follow their instructions.

    • If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure – such shelters are particularly hazardous during hurricanes no matter how well fastened to the ground.

    • If you live in a high-rise building – hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.

    • If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an inland waterway.

    • If you feel you are in danger.

    If you are unable to evacuate, go to your safe room.  If you do not have one, follow these guidelines:

    • Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.

    • Close all interior doors – secure and brace external doors.

    • Keep curtains and blinds closed.  Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm – winds will pick up again.

    • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.

    • Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.


    Other resources:


    Before a Hurricane


    After a Hurricane


    Hurricane Home Page





    For more information about emergency preparedness contact DPH's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response or call 860-509-8282